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How To Detail Your Car’s Exterior


Just like detailing the interior, remember to use the top-to-bottom technique, with one exception: you can detail your tires and wheels first, then proceed to the top of your car. Just pick a convenient spot to divide your car into an upper portion and lower portion. The door handles or lights are a convenient spot, but use one that works for you.

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  • Brush your wheels with a cleaner or suitable degreaser.
  • Wash your tires with a quality whitewall cleaner.
  • Rinse your car from top to bottom.
  • Wash the upper half of your car. Always use a quality car wash compound.
  • Keep both buckets handy for clean and dirty water.
  • Rinse washed areas.
  • Wash the lower half of your car.
  • Rinse car again, and make sure you don’t allow any soap to dry first.
  • Clean all glass surfaces.
  • Dry car with clean towel. Always use either 100% cotton or microfiber towels.
  • Now, it’s (almost) time to wax!

Exterior detail advice:

  1. Always use high-quality soap.
  2. To prepare for an exterior detail, Dawn dish detergent is an affordable, effective way to strip old wax off your car without damaging the clear coat.
  3. Dry your car thoroughly. This means wiping off any areas where water can drip down, including:
  • Door jambs
  • Rearview mirrors
  • Sunroof seals
  • Hood
  • Trunk
  • Fuel door

Pro Tip: If you have a garage-kept car, try a microfiber duster to remove any small particles and debris. This allows your car extended periods in between exterior detailing. DO NOT use the duster to remove dirt. This may cause surface damage, scratches and other imperfections.

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